Psychology BSc/MA/MA (SocSci)


Psychology is the scientific study of people: how they think, act, react and interact. It is concerned with all aspects of behaviour (normal and abnormal) and the thoughts, feelings and motivations underlying such behaviour.

Psychology at Glasgow is ranked 4th in the UK (Guardian University Guide 2017).

Programme structure

Years 1 and 2

You will study the way the brain controls behaviour and thought, the role of modern imaging techniques in studying the brain and the psychology of how groups interact. You will learn about the main areas of psychology: developmental, social, cognitive, brain and behaviour, experimental design and statistics, abnormal, perception and visual cognition, individual differences and applied psychology.

You will also study other non-Psychology subjects in years 1 and 2: see Flexibe degrees.

Years 3 and 4

If you meet the requirements for progression to Honours (years 3 and 4) you will take courses in cognition, human development, perception and visual cognition, individual differences, professional skills (employability), social psychology, statistics and physiological psychology.

If you are a single Honours student you will choose from a large number of options ranging from brain imaging techniques to the application of psychology to forensics, therapeutic interventions and educational settings. You will also complete a major piece of research. This research may be lab-based (e.g. using one of our eyetrackers or specialised computer software) or carried out in applied settings e.g. schools.

Our international links

You will have the opportunity to apply to study abroad. There are currently two options available: the Erasmus+ Programme and the International Exchange Programme. Honours students can also apply for course-related summer work placements in Europe. See Study abroad for more information.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements
for entry in 2018

BSc (Hons), MA (Hons), MA (SocSci) (Hons)


  • Standard academic entry requirements: AAA.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: ABB.
  • Other mandatory requirementsALL applicants must have A-level OR AS level OR GCSE Mathematics at B or above. BSc: Two A-level subjects from Mathematics, Psychology or other science subjects (or Mathematics plus one science subject). MA Arts: Two A-level arts, humanities or language subjects. MA SocSci: Two A-level arts, humanities or language subjects.


  • Standard academic entry requirements: S5 Entry Requirement = AAAAA or AAAABB.
  • Minimum academic entry requirements: S5 minimum requirement = AAABB. Applicants who achieve AAAAB, AAAA, or AAABB in S5 WILL receive a conditional offer based on achieving a minimum of two Advanced Highers both at grade B or above in S6. In cases where applicants attend a school which does not offer relevant Advanced Highers, alternative offers will be considered which require a minimum of three additional Highers.
  • Other mandatory requirementsALL applicants must have Higher OR National 5 OR Intermediate 2 Mathematics at B or above. BSc: Must include two Higher science subjects (or Mathematics plus one science subject) at grades A/B or B/A. MA Arts: Higher English AND either a Higher humanities OR language subject at grades A/B or B/A. MA SocSci: Higher English AND either a Higher humanities OR language subject at grades A/B or B/A.

We adjust these entry requirements for eligible applicants, from AABBB at S5/S6, based upon completion of a pre-entry programme.  For pre-entry programme eligibility and adjusted grade requirements, see Access Glasgow.

International Baccalaureate

  • Standard academic entry requirements: 38 points.
  • Minimum academic entry requirement: 36 points.
  • Other mandatory requirementsALL applicants must have a minimum of SL4 in Mathematics. Mathematics Studies is NOT accepted where Mathematics is required. BSc: Three HL subjects at 6,6,6 preferably including two science subjects (or Mathematics plus one science subject) at HL6. SL6 may be considered for ONE of the science subjects. MA Arts: Three HL subjects at 6,6,6 including English AND one other arts, humanities OR language subject. While HL6 is preferred for all required subjects, SL6 may be considered for ONE of the required subjects. MA SocSci: Three HL subjects at 6,6,6 including English AND a humanities subject. While HL6 is preferred for all required subjects, SL6 may be considered for ONE of the required subjects.

European qualifications

Typical entry requirements for European qualifications: Psychology European Requirements [pdf]

Accepted Science subjects

Accepted Science subjects:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing Science
  • Engineering Science
  • Environmental Science
  • Geography
  • Human Biology
  • Lifeskills Mathematics
  • Mathematics
  • Mathematics of Mechanics
  • Physics
  • Statistics

Please note: all A-Level, International Baccalaureate, and other EU entry requirements must be achieved in first sitting.

English language requirements

For applicants whose first language is not English, the University sets a minimum English Language proficiency level.

International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic module (not General Training):

  • overall score 6.5
  • no sub-test less than 6.0
  • or equivalent scores in another recognised qualification (see below)

Common equivalent English language qualifications:

  • ibTOEFL*: 90; no sub-test less than: Reading: 20; Listening: 19; Speaking: 19; Writing: 23
  • CAE (Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • CPE (Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English): 176 overall: no sub-test less than 169
  • PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English, Academic test): 60; no sub-test less than 59
  • IGCSE: English language: B minimum
  • Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English: ISEII at Distinction with Distinction in all sub-tests

* Please note that TOEFL is still acceptable for admission to this programme for both home/EU and international students.

For international students, the Home Office has confirmed that the University can choose to use TOEFL to make its own assessment of English language ability for visa applications to degree level courses. We therefore still accept TOEFL tests taken in the last two years for admission to this programme.

Pre-sessional courses
The University of Glasgow accepts evidence of the required language level from the English for Academic Study Unit Pre-sessional courses. We also consider other BALEAP accredited pre-sessional courses:


What do I do if...

my language qualifications are below the requirements?

The University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures offers a range of Pre-Sessional Courses to bring you up to entry level. The course is accredited by BALEAP, the UK professional association for academic English teaching; see Links.

my language qualifications are not listed here?

Please contact the Recruitment and International Office:

If you require a Tier 4 student visa, your qualification must be one of the secure English language tests accepted by UK Border Agency:

Visa requirements and proof of English language level

It is a visa requirement to provide information on your level of English based on an internationally recognised and secure English language test. All test reports must be no more than 2 years old. A list of these can be found on the UK Border Agency website. If you have never taken one of these tests before, you can get an initial idea of your level by using the Common European Framework self-assessment grid which gives you a level for each skill (e.g. listening B1/writing B2 etc.) However, please note that this is not a secure English language test and it is not sufficient evidence of your level of English for visa requirements.

For further information about English language, please see School of Modern Languages and Cultures: English for Academic Study.

Career prospects

Psychologists are probably best known for their work in the health and education services, but psychology graduates can be found in almost any area of life. 

A psychology degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities, and new growth areas include counselling and health psychology. The main career areas are:

  • clinical psychologists, working in health and care settings 
  • counselling psychologists, in private practice and commercial settings 
  • educational psychologists, in local education authorities, schools and special schools 
  • forensic psychologists, working in penal establishments, special hospitals and with young offenders 
  • health psychologists, working in hospitals, health authorities and health research departments 
  • neuropsychologists, helping people with brain injury 
  • occupational psychologists, in management, personnel, training, selection and careers services 
  • research and teaching in institutions of higher education.


This degree is accredited by the British Psychological Society as conferring eligibility for Graduate Membership of the Society. Graduates who complete with at least second class Honours in the Psychology Component would achieve the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC). This is a first step towards becoming a Chartered Psychologist.

Degrees and UCAS codes

Which Psychology degree?

When applying you will need to know the UCAS code for the subject or subject-combination that you wish to apply to:

BSc (Hons)

  • KIS
    Psychology: C800
  • KIS
    Computing Science/Psychology: CG84
  • KIS
    Mathematics/Psychology: CG81
  • KIS
    Psychology/Neuroscience: 24R9
  • KIS
    Psychology/Statistics: CG83

MA (Hons)

  • KIS
    Psychology: C801
  • KIS
    Archaeology/Psychology: CV84
  • KIS
    Celtic Civilisation/Psychology: CQV5
  • KIS
    Celtic Studies/Psychology: CQ85
  • KIS
    Classics/Psychology: CQ88
  • KIS
    Digital Media & Information Studies/Psychology: GC5V
  • KIS
    English Language/Psychology: CQ8J
  • KIS
    French/Psychology: CR81
  • KIS
    Gaelic/Psychology: QC58
  • KIS
    History of Art/Psychology: CVV3
  • KIS
    History/Psychology: CV81
  • KIS
    Music/Psychology: CW83
  • KIS
    Philosophy/Psychology: CVV5
  • KIS
    Portuguese/Psychology: 3H2N
  • KIS
    Psychology/Scottish History: CVW2
  • KIS
    Psychology/Scottish Literature: CQ82
  • KIS
    Psychology/Spanish: 8U9K
  • KIS
    Psychology/Theatre Studies: CW84
  • KIS
    Psychology/Theology & Religious Studies: CV86

MA (SocSci) (Hons)

  • KIS
    Psychology: C802
  • Business & Management/Psychology: CN82
  • KIS
    Business Economics/Psychology: LC18
  • KIS
    Central & East European Studies/Psychology: RG68
  • KIS
    Economic & Social History/Psychology: CV83
  • KIS
    Economics/Psychology: CL81
  • KIS
    Politics/Psychology: CL82
  • KIS
    Psychology/Sociology: LC38

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

How and when you pay tuition fees depends on where you’re from: see Tuition fees for details.


We offer a wide range of scholarships to our undergraduates, including both home/EU and international students. The University is committed to supporting students and rewarding academic excellence. That’s why we’ve invested more than £1m in additional scholarship funding in recent years.

For a full list of scholarships including eligibility criteria and how to apply, please see:

How to apply

UCAS deadlines

The deadlines for applications to Medicine, Vet Medicine and Dentistry is 15 October each year. The deadline for applications to all other degree programmes is 15 January each year.

The University of Glasgow does not usually accept any applications after these UCAS deadlines. It is the applicants' responsibility to ensure the accuracy of their application prior to submission, and requests from applicants to correct erroneous application content, change degree programme or change college of entry, will not be accepted after these UCAS deadlines. This policy is in place to ensure fairness and consistency to all applicants, and no exceptions will be made.

  • 15 October: if including Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine or applying to Oxford or Cambridge
  • 15 January: all other UK/EU applicants (unless otherwise stated on the UCAS website)
  • 30 June: international (non-EU) students.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.

UCAS tariff points

The University does not frame its offers in terms of UCAS tariff points.

How soon will I receive a decision?

We will usually respond before the end of March.

If your qualifications meet our requirements and we believe you could benefit from study at Glasgow, you will receive an unconditional offer.

If you haven’t yet gained the necessary passes for entry to your chosen subject(s), we may look at the qualifications you are taking when you apply and make you a conditional offer.

Will I be interviewed?

An interview will be part of the selection process for: Community Development, Dentistry, History of Art & Art-world Practice, Medicine, Music, Nursing, Teaching, and Veterinary Medicine & Surgery. You may also be interviewed if you’re applying for entry into Year 2 in any subject.

Is deferred entry available?

For Dentistry, Nursing and Veterinary Medicine programmes we are unable to consider applications for deferred entry. In other cases deferring may be possible but it’s not granted automatically.

University Transfers

Transfers from another University to the University of Glasgow will only be considered under the following circumstances:

  1. The applicant has a genuine personal circumstance (illness, bereavement or other family situation) which requires the student to move back to their home town to be closer to family; AND
  2. The applicant would have met the University of Glasgow entrance requirements at the time he/she went to the other institution. In exceptional circumstances, a student may be admitted if he/she was marginally below the University of Glasgow entrance requirements, and they have performed above average at the other institution.

Widening participation

We want to help talented applicants from all backgrounds to study at Glasgow. See our range of widening access pre-entry programmes at Widening Participation.

Apply at or through your school or college.
Contact UCAS on 0871 468 0468.